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9-12
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Fremont, CA
Students enrolled: 2,212
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41717 Palm Avenue
Fremont, CA 94539

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(510) 657-2302
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November 19, 2013
This school is average. I would rate it as a 7. Do not be fooled by high API scores. The high API scores are because of private tutoring, not because of the teachers. The students are very competitive and often not willing to help classmates.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
This is a very competitive school and the poor kids are competing against each other. Some teachers are good but others are quite unreasonable. The PE teacher, is quite unreasonable. Not sure what she expects out of these poor kids. Swimming in the cold winter months ( Oct/Nov) in the first period, in an outdoor pool is illogical...running miles each day and keeping up with the mile time so that it doesn't affect grades is also ridiculous. Each child tries really hard to do well and I think that the PE teachers should understand and applaud that rather than stressing them out all the more.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I graduated from Mission in 1981. It was academically-oriented then too, balanced with a strong sports program and a number of outstanding athletes. Now, my son attends Mission & is a thriving junior - academically, socially and in sports. It's a much more competitive environment than 30 years ago (the demographics have changed dramatically in Fremont). Many parents work professionally in silicon valley, putting high value on a great education (strong STEM focus), and are willing to do whatever it takes to give their students an edge. Parents are very involved - pushing their kids to excellence academically, volunteering time, and donating to supplement funding for Mission. Overall, the experienced teachers are caring and dedicated. The administrative staff are excellent at what they do, and are responsive to students and parents. The school grounds have improved. There are even new buildings on campus. Mission has earned a reputation for being one of the best public high schools in the nation, being rated highly in several national publications. However, it could improve by emphasizing teamwork and collegiality among its very competitive student population.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
I attend MSJ, and from personal experience, this is definitely a competitive school. I am not saying I hate it or love it, but there really are students and teachers that are not willing to help you. However, I like the competitive vibe, but no matter how great you are, you can NEVER be the best at mission. The competitiveness I feel will help in the future, because this IS reality. Go to a different school, perhaps irvington, and you will be on top. The standards are so high here that taking 6 APs won't even put you on top. Everyone is extremely good at some kind of talent, and basically, without finding something to be dedicated to and having a strong academic background as well, it can be really hard to succeed and fit in. All the sports here are amazing as well, except maybe the football team... Just remember, if you are planning to attend, you will have to exceed all limits.

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2012
Sending my kid to MSJ was the biggest mistake I have ever made. The academic success is the contribution of the students and their parents. My kid was there for two semesters. The teachers are very experiences. (probably spent 20 years at other schools to accumulate enough credits to transfer to MSJ.) Teachers spent half the time teaching. Half the time were given as in-class exercise. Unlike other families in this school district, we don't send our kid to SAT or other classes after school. My kid finished all homework in class and break time. If you have the money to find private tutors or after school classes and you don't expect anything from school teachers or school activities, MSJ the one for you. The kids in this school compete with each other hence unwilling to help other students. If you want your kid to be successful in the real working environment to be a team player or leader, you'd better move to irvington High or Cupertino City. Better facilities and culture. By the way, it is the most BUREAUCRATIC public organization I have ever dealt with. The clerk told me that I must return home to make appointment with their registrar while I was standing in office.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
This school is the best of the best. It's strong academic programs are not the only reason why many parents and children are drawn to this school; Mission also has a great athletics program in which almost all the sports teams have gone to NCS. Mission's homecoming is one of the best in the FUSD. Although it's true that some of the teachers are less than stellar, most of them are willing to put in the extra time to help students in need ( even in Honors classes). Overall a really good school that truly pays off in the end.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2011
MSJ is no doubt an extremely strong school, with 46 AIME qualifiers, 2 USABO Finalists, and 2 USNCO Finalists this year alone. The teachers are very educated and experienced: the faculty includes a number of Stanford and Berkeley alums, several doctorates, published authors, former lawyers, and even the son of the co-founder of Adobe. With a number of talented students and teachers, a higher standard is to be expected. Some might call it positive reinforcement. Smarter students lead to harder classes, which lead to more competition and even smarter students, which lead to even harder classes, and so on. The unhealthy level of competition means that some students will ultimately be unable to catch up with their peers and will fall behind, never to regain their original pace. The competition breeds occasional cheating and other unethical behavior as well. Still, MSJ is a good school for people who are passionate about academics. The overall atmosphere is safe and there is plenty of school spirit, especially during homecoming week. MSJ is also in the process of expanding its course offerings to include more AP and dual-enrollment classes with the local community college.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2011
I am a graduate of MSJ and with no doubt in my mind Mission San Jose High School has lived up to its reputation for known as a very competitive school. This school truly taught me to go beyond my studies. Of course, I was accepted into a prestigious university as my peers pressured me to. This school is full of arrogant and pretentious students. I was always upset and furious because I could never be the best and there would always be someone in my class that would surpass my grade. No matter how hard you try, there will always be someone in this school who will make you feel inferior. Of course, I was bullied at this school, but I did not let it weigh me down. But, that is just me and I am a very reconciling and calm person. I have seen many fights at this school, but what can I say, people will be people at this school. I made a pretty nice amount of friends and there was always someone to hang out with, but I felt that no one really understood the real me. Sorry to be cynical, but no one can really be trusted here. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Carroll because she really cared and her tests were so challenging, I expected no less from one of the hardest teachers on campus.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2011
Much ado about nothing. Moving 30 miles to get into this school was a huge mistake....

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
I'm currently a junior at Mission, during what's supposed to be the most stressful year of my life. It's going much more quickly than I thought it would, and I don't feel particularly crushed by the workload. The students and staff are generally friendly, I can't say that I don't feel safe here, and--aside from our football--our athletic programs are stellar. We captured All-Sports last year, and I am looking forward to being a part of a MSJ boys volleyball team making it back to the NCS title game.

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December 22, 2009
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December 17, 2009
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November 06, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 05, 2009
Overall amazing. Academics. Sports. Drama. Music. <3

- submitted by a student
no rating October 28, 2009
We moved into the MSJHS school area in time for the high school. I have two children at MSJHS. Both are happy, made lots of friends, particpate in multiple clubs and still do very well in academics. We are happy that we have moved into this school area. Competition is part of life and as parents we need to teach our children how to manage time and stress to succeed in lifr.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My daughter have just started attending MSJ this year. So far she likes all of the teachers, especially Japanese. As mentioned by other parents, facilities and grounds could be improved, but it is the education that matters more. There is somewhat more homework than in Junior High, but it is to be expected. Parents seems to be more involved than at other schools. Marching band is very large and well organized, even though the teacher there seems too tough on students at times. Students themselves focus on studying more than in other schools ( I know because my daugher has friends at other High Schools in Fremont), I do not feel there is peer pressure for a girl to dress or look in any particular way, as may be seen among teenagers at other schools. Overall, we really like

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
We have fun while working hard, and our homecoming skits/airbands are the best in the area :)

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2009
I'm a long-time parent in this district and I would never send my child to this school. If you are not the brightest of the bright and then do nothing but study, you can't possibly succeed here. There is not enough focus on being a diverse person, developing the whole person and accepting failure (or at least dealing with it). The only way to feel accepted at this school is to take 2-3 AP courses every semester. The kids themselves will shun anyone not performing at the top of the class. This creates a stressful environment on top of the already stressful life of a hormonal teenager trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do in life.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
I work for another school district but my kids went to this school. MSJ doesn't have exceptional teachers but the kids come from families that highly prize education which means that expectations are high. Facilities could be improved. Compare this to other schools with hugh truancy problems, no parental involvement and no fundraising ability, MSJ is exceptional. Unlike Lowell HS in SF, there is no admission exam. Well, you could consider winning admission is having parents able to pay high home prices just to send their kids here. The number of GATE identified students far exceeds the number you would expect statistically in the general population. Very tough competition but what do you expect?

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
I'm a student currently enrolling at this school. I agree that this school is very hard not only in academics, but sports and etc. Not only do teachers give pressures, but mostly their parents. But I have to say this is the best school because all my 4 sisters have graduated from here and have a very successfull life because of it. So with all the pressures, academics, sports, it eventually pays off. =)

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2009
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September 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
This school maybe the hardest school around Bayarea. However, if anyone actually pay attention to study this school isn't as hard as it sounds. teachers are very experienced in teaching and most students willing to help out when there is problem.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
I went to MSJHS for 9th and 10th grades. I was miserable. The students were stuck up and there wasn't a lot of care from student to student. Teachers were busy pleasing parents and they were always worried about what parents thought. Academics are important but they aren't everything. I ended up going to Kennedy HS where I had a really good education in 10th and 11th grades and where I was comfortable everyday. I graduated from Kennedy HS where the teachers and students cared. I wish I had started there in 9th grade.

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August 11, 2009
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March 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2009
I beg to differ. I go to MSJ and I have a 3.9 average GPA as a senior and am EXTREMELY involved in school activities. Wherever you go you're going to have the same problem if you don't put yourself out there or try hard enough. Competition is so overrated here, it's not even that big of a deal. Our school spirit is healthy which you don't see at any other school and we're anti-stereotypical. You can't be bullied for being a nerd, because everyone else is too. MSJ has a huge social life, you just have to get involved YOURSELF. That's life.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
no diversity, at all i agree, all the concern is school school school. too much hurts the kid.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
You would think all schools in Alameda County are the same and should have basically the same ratings. However, the expectations and the requiremants seem higher at Mission. When expectations are higher, results are higher. Entering the Senior year, my child has participated in extra-curricular activities. He still seems to do well in school.

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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
My son was identified as a gifted and talented student and has a health condition. At MSJ once he got behind he lost all initiative and motivation to keep up. The staff has been helpful but my child is now in a hole he doesn't even want to overcome. (Granted a student must be self-motivated.) There is not much diversity and average students are considered slackers by the majority.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
I am a current student right now at Mission San Jose High School, and the one word to describe it would be competitive. I'm in all honors (I'm only a sophomore and have not had the chance to get into APs yet) and I still feel as if I'm at the bottom of the pack because of the high pressure at this school. This school is only good for kids who want a high GPA with no social life.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2007
There is not enough ethnic diversity in the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
The overall learning environment of the school is too competitive and challenging that my student felt stressful. Most teachers are good, but some of the honors/AP teachers are too demanding to the extend that it's almost impossible to get a good grade in their classes. Administrators and teachers expect parents and students to comply to their 'demands' without complaints. On the other hand, the school does offer a great variety of courses to meet students' academical need. I wish that honors/AP teachers can treat their students as high schoolers and not college students. Overall, most students do really well, but some students have to rely on heavy tutoring to keep up with the pace or get ahead.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
As an alumni of this high school, I cannot agree more than the only reasons that scores are so high, is because of the drive, and precociousness of the students. The teachers are hit or miss, and the administrations (principal, vice-principal, school-resource officer) are lackluster, at best. If you want your children to get A's, send them here, but if you want them to be better people when they grow up, you'll have to take a much more vested interest in raising them because this school and its administration won't have the students' best interests in mind. They only care about MSJ's reputation. Other schools with a wider breadth of programs (wood shop, ROTC, more challenging sports programs), offer more choices for a student, with a better chance that he/she will find his/her niche in life.

- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2006
I am a graduate of this high school and am now in my third year at university. I can honestly say my years at mission were much more academically challenging than my years at UC. The challenging environment was difficult. The teachers at MSJ are better than my professors here, and Im paying 20K a year. It's almost ridiculous how motivated the students are. It's great for people who are motivated and do well under pressure, but not good for people like me who don't. I'm smarter than most of the students here at my college who earned higher GPA's at their high schools due to grade inflation. My point is that it is great for some, not so great for others, but I am proud to be an alumni of such a prestigous high school.

- submitted by a former student
September 01, 2006
Im a current student here at mission san jose. The honors program have teachers that often assume that their students are already smart and don't offer a lot of help. The school also has too many cliques in which it is hard to find the 'right' group of friends and also hard to even meet friends. On the plus side the best teachers, are the teachers who are involved in sports and in music. The school looks awful and the bathrooms need serious repairments. Overall..This school is well for those who want to achieve in academics, but other than that..You may need to think twice.

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August 15, 2006
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May 27, 2006
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May 10, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2006
This high school is the best school in northern cali, academically speaking. Its #4 in the top scoring schools in the sats in california. The other top 3 are in southern ca. Graduates of this high schl have gotten scholarships to harvard, berkeley and stanford

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May 02, 2006
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May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2006
MSJHS is great academically but it is the worst looking high school in the entire state. DThe principal is awful. He's never lifted a finger to improve the facilites of the school. All he cares about is the high scores which would come with or without his help. The counselors are no help either. The PTA has to hire an outside social worker to help with the problem kids. Think twice before sending your children here.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
Mission San Jose is an excellent public school. I am an alumni, and I credit the excellent teachers there is a lot of my success in college. They have only gotten better, with more resources, since I graduated.

- submitted by a former student
March 13, 2006
Strong academics, but as a result not as well rounded in everything else like wood shop, sports, etc.

- submitted by a former student
February 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
Mission San Jose High is over rated. The only reason why this school has high stats is because the ethnic majority there is academically inclined. The facilities are in poor shape, the teachers lack exceptional teaching skills, and the staff lacks concern for the students overall wellfare. The staff is extremely rude and seldom has time to address students' concerns or academic troubles the students may be having. If the teachers and staff would realize that the only reason this school has good scores is because of the inherently driven children who go there and not because of the work they do, then perhaps there would be some change for the better. As a side note, the staff is especially rude to those parents who do not speak English very well. 'You can get all A's and still flunk life.' ~Walker Percy

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2005
As a student at MSJ, I can say that it is a very competitive environment. I am currently taking two APs and the work load is probably about four hours a day. I have to admit, however, that this environment is for the better because I am pushed work to the best of my ability and in turn, I will be better prepared for college.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2005
The academic programs are amazing and they really help the kids prepare for their next educational step.

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September 12, 2005
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August 27, 2005
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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 06, 2005
Too high achieving, high pressure environment. I prefer a balanced education rather than one that is strictly academic.

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May 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
We like this school very much. The kids seem real motivated, probably because most come from Asian back-ground. We do feel though, that it's the kids that make this school better insteard of the faculty.

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April 02, 2005
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March 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
School emphasizes strong all around learning! The teachers provide a solid background for the eager students, more than preparing them for college prep courses!

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March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 23, 2005
Academically speaking, MSJ is one of the best schools in the state, and certainly one of the best in the bay area. It consistently tests in the top 10 in the state for student test scores, with some years even in the top 5. The students are all very self-motivated, and the entire culture of the school pushes students to succeed. In terms of opportunities, just about every activity is available at MSJ, and if an activity is not, the administration is generally very flexible in allowing students to start an organization. Teaching quality is what you would expect out of top notch school. Some instructors are lacking, but generally the quality is good. The only downside is the immense pressure that often results from the goal-oriented, success driven culture at MSJ. This often takes a toll on many kids, and may not be the right choice for every child.

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2005
Excellent School academically. Football team attrocious.

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February 08, 2005
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February 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2004
Great school for academics. Almost a private school academic surrounding. Great for aspiring students to ivy league schools. Extra curriculars aren't that great; more of a focus on academics. Parents are extremely involved with funding activities for the school.

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November 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
Highly charged competitive students environment where the average GPA is above 3.20. Regardless who will teach them, the majority of the students are very motivated to succeed. The current principal is riding in the success of its student and irresponsive for correcting behavioral problems and lacking of courage to enforce the policy.

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September 01, 2004
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Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont, CA  94539
(510) 657-3600
Last modified Mission San Jose High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mission San Jose High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top